National Public Gardens Day

National Public Gardens Day

In celebration of National Public Gardens Week, Atlanta History Center is offering tours of our Goizueta Gardens. With 33 acres of botanical gardens and woodlands to explore, learn about the South’s rich gardening traditions and complex agricultural heritage.

Scheduled Activities

Olguita’s Garden Tour
10:30–11:00am

Visit Olguita’s Garden with Vice President of Goizueta Gardens and Living Collections, Sarah Roberts. This new garden brings flowers and fragrance all year long! It’s a place to rest and enjoy the beauty of the South’s long tradition of gardening, with inspiration drawn from the great gardens of England, Italy, and France. Created in honor of Olga C. de Goizueta.

Quarry & Smith Farm Gardens Tour
11:00am–12:00pm

Step down into the Quarry Garden with Senior Horticulturist, Rosemary Bathurst. The Quarry Garden is one of the state’s largest and most beautiful collections of native plants, set within an abandoned rock quarry, featuring waterfalls, a pond, and the state champion Franklinia. This species, discovered in Georgia in 1765, is now extinct in the wild.

The tour continues to the historic Smith Farm with Urban Agriculturist, Emily Roberts, and Manager of Animal Collections, Brett Bannor. The historic farm is set in 1864 with period kitchen garden, field crops, enslaved peoples’ garden, flower yard, and heritage-breed animals, including sheep, goats, chickens, and turkeys.

Seeking Eden Exhibition Tour
1:00–2:00pm

Experience some of Georgia’s most noteworthy designed historic landscapes with a guided tour of the exhibition, Seeking Eden: A Collection of Georgia’s Historic Gardens, led by author and Cherokee Garden Library Director, Staci L. Catron.

Swan House Gardens Tour
2:00–3:00pm

Head over to the Swan House Gardens with Goizueta Gardens Curator, Valerie VanSweden. Philip Trammell Shutze, architect of Swan House, also designed the mansion’s formal landscape with cascading fountain, intimate boxwood garden, and terraced lawns ornamented with roses.

Head down the historic stone ramble and redbud alleé, leading into Swan Woods, a 10-acre preserved native woodland, where the Wood Cabin has been restored. Senior Horticulturist, Rosemary Bathurst, will point out the native medicinal plants and those used for food, as well as the wildflower meadow, honeybee hives, and trial American chestnut orchard.

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